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NEW JERSEY - New Jersey Park Service MAP for Wharton State Forest Under Further Review - Meeting Scheduled

October 21, 2015 4:46 PM

The New Jersey State Park Service is launching a Motorized Access Plan (MAP) to protect the environment and encourage responsible use of Off-Road Vehicles, or ORVs, in Wharton State Forest, located in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve. (See original news Release HERE.) The Motorized Access Plan, or MAP, consists of a driving map that delineates a nearly 225-mile network of sand and other unimproved roads that is open to motorized vehicles, as well as a colorful

NEW JERSEY - New Jersey Park Service MAP for Wharton State Forest Under Further Review - Meeting Scheduled

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The New Jersey State Park Service is launching a Motorized Access Plan (MAP) to protect the environment and encourage responsible use of Off-Road Vehicles, or ORVs, in Wharton State Forest, located in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve. (See original news Release HERE.)

The Motorized Access Plan, or MAP, consists of a driving map that delineates a nearly 225-mile network of sand and other unimproved roads that is open to motorized vehicles, as well as a colorful and information-packed brochure that highlights Wharton's ecological treasures and explains the long-term damage that can be caused by improper off-roading.

Wharton State Forest Map

The draft Wharton State Forest Motorized Recreation Access Plan is under further review to ensure that it advances public safety, maximizes public access to the state forest and protects the forest's unique environment. To ensure that visitors have an opportunity to provide input into the further development of the motorized access plan, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the Hammonton High School. In addition, in advance of the public meeting, stakeholders meetings are being scheduled with key constituent groups.

You must register by Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to attend the public meeting on November 5th. To register, send an email to whartonmapcomments@dep.nj.gov or call (609) 704-1964. There is also a motorized stakeholder meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Rd, Hammonton, New Jersey.

For a copy of the Wharton Motorized Access Plan driving map and brochure, and other information about Wharton State Forest, please visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html. Please see below for recommendations on steps you can take to show your support for motorized recreation and help defeat the MAP.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

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 Steps You Can Take To Show Your Support For Motorized Recreation And Help Defeat The MAP

The following elected officials have the control of DEP`s purse strings and as such can affect the actions of the DEP.  So please call and email these officials and tell them you are disappointed with the disregard of NJ DEP for its resident's access to state parks and for making policy without the public knowledge. A few minutes of your time can make the world of difference.

Senate Environment and Energy
 
Smith, Bob - Chair              (732) 752-0770        sengordon@njleg.org
Greenstein, Linda R. - Vice-Chair     (609) 395-9911       sengreestein@njleg.org
Bateman, Christopher          (908) 526-3600       senbateman@njleg.org
Codey, Richard J.               (973) 535-5017       sencodey@njleg.org
Thompson, Samuel D.          (732) 607-7580        senthompson@njleg.org
 
    
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste

Spencer, L. Grace - Chair         (973) 624-1730      asmspencer@njleg.org
McKeon, John F. - Vice-Chair     (973) 377-1606       asmmckeon@njleg.org
Benson, Daniel R.             (609) 631-0198       asmbenson@njleg.org
Rumana, Scott T.              (973) 237-1362       asmrumana@njleg.org
Wisniewski, John S.              (732) 432-8460       asmwisniewski@njleg.org
Wolfe, David W.             (732) 840-9028       asmwolfe@njleg.org

Also

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin           (609) 292-2885    bob.martin@dep.nj.gov

State Park Service Director Mark Texel         (609) 292-2773      mark.texel@dep.nj.gov

  

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